This Rescued Squirrel Grew Up to be the Most Adorable Pet

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An eastern grey mother squirrel was discovered building a nest of twigs, dried pines and branches for her newborn babies on someone’s apartment, particularly in bed.

The man who owns the apartment asked for help and wildlife rehabilitators Christina and Michael answered his frantic call. They tried reuniting the babies with their mother but instead of taking them into the wild, the mother squirrel continued to bring nesting materials to the bed to surround the young squirrels. Ultimately, the mother stopped coming back and no longer returned for her babies.

Sadly, one of the newborn squirrels had died and after being examined by a local wildlife vet, it was concluded that the remaining baby would not be able to survive in the wild. So Christina and Michael decided to adopt the squirrel, and called it Little Thumbelina.

Thumbelina was special and different since the beginning. Due to uncommon birthing season and the loss of her sister, she grew up all by herself without interacting with other squirrels.

Her progress is also slow. While most babies don’t care for milk once they taste real food, Thumb was a big baby with a bottle who refused to eat real food. Unlike other squirrels who like to jump and climb, she prefers sitting and walking.

The family tried their best to introduce Thumb to other squirrels, but she’s not interested with them at all. Now, Thumbelina is a happy squirrel who enjoys the company of her Mom and Dad, spending most of her time with them. As their “little ambassador squirrel,” the family want to teach people how important it is to respect the wildlife and spread the message that “Each little life is big to the one living it.”

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#TBT "Hey Mommy, I think this guacamole needs some more avocado… yea, definitely more avocado. It's okay Mommy, I'm just helping… here, let me mix it for you with my hands…" 🥑🤔🙌🏻 #mommyslittlehelper #avocadopig #tastetester #qualitycontrolsquirrel #squirrelspitinmyguacole #tinyhandsinmyguacamole #grubbylittlepinkhandsinmyguacamole #thumbelinaitsalloveryourface #mommyandthumb #cookingwiththumbelina. . . . . #easterngreysquirrel #easterngraysquirrel #squirrelwhisperer #squirrelsofinstagram #squirrel #wildliferehabilitation #wildliferescue #furbaby #squirrelsquad #squirrellife #animalsdoingthings #buzzfeedanimals #thedodo #cuteanimals #littlethumbelinagirl #lifewiththumbelina #teamthumbelina

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💛 100K 💛 This morning we reached 100K followers and we honestly cannot believe it! We began this account to share our Little Thumbelina Girl with others. To show people that every animal, no matter how big or small can leave a huge impact on our lives and hearts. We wanted to show those who didn’t know that these little creatures whom so many people refer to as ‘pests’ can show love and affection, they have their own personalities, likes, and dislikes, they can be playful, happy, nervous, or sad. That they should be respected in the same way that any animal should be, regardless of their size or species. . We are so thankful for each and every one of you. We are so happy we can share Thumb’s silly, sweet, loving little personality with you, to bring a smile or bit of happiness into your lives, the way she does for us each and every single day. . Thank you for following her little story and sharing our laughs, and worries, and ‘talks’ every single day. You are a part of our family and for you we are truly grateful. . 💗“Each little life is big to the one living it”💗 . #100k #weloveourfrens #wehavethebestfrens #weloveyou #thankyou #lifewithtumbelina #littlethumbelinagirl #teamthumbelina

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